Artemis Bridge Simulator

Managed to cobble together 5 Windows PCs on the weekend and played Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator with the whole family. Two of the PCs are hilariously old, but still ran nicely (showing the console - but not the nice 3D render above).

The funniest moment came when the Laptop running the server blanked out (we had forgotten to plug it in - derp). The game actually managed to restart exactly where it was 3 minutes later when we got it running again… We declared it an AdBreak, which then became a running joke every time something went wrong or someone wanted to run and get food or the like!

The main thing we learnt = just how special the whole chain of command and organisation and calmness of leadership there is on the bridge of the enterprise = NOT on our bridge! :smiley:

I saw this game first at Gen Con. If you’re a serious Star Trek fan then you may well have a serious amount of fun playing this game.

Has anyone else every played this? Are there ways of getting more story into the game? Has anyone played on a public server? Best hints?


I first heard about this sort of game when I borrowed a book from my local library back in the '70s or early '80s. It was called something like “Starship Simulator”, and it contained the entire pseudo code for a multi-position computer simulation. Rather nerdily I copied it by hand, but never got around to coding it up.

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I love me some Artemis. At one point I figured out the speed of the ai ships, so we would pass the baddies by and when they would follow, we would arc around black holes. They would logically cut the distance, passing into the event horizon and die. Rinse and repeat.

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This is perfection! :smiley::japanese_goblin::trophy:

Most of the work was our team mates

If you want something a little bit more silly and informal, try Space Team !

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Oo! I shall have to check that out!

Heads for YouTube…

I remember playing Artemis so many years ago. Are they still working on it? I wonder how many improvements they’ve made since then.

Pre-covid we got together to play this about once a year. With Covid we haven’t, but do plan on playing Bridge Crew next weekend. Which is like Artemis, but uses the Star Trek license. Only has 4 seats though, and requires VR to play. Looking forward to it.

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We’ve been playing Star Trek Bridge crew as a family of 4 = SUPER FUN!

Note: only one person has VR, it works pretty well without.

NOTE: it can be twitchy to get the talkback going, and it won’t let you play without an active mic = AND the voice communication is AWFUL! Once setup, we turn the mics down to minimum and just talk (use Discord if you are playing remotely).

Let us know how you go! :slight_smile:

Glad to hear that it’s good. It looks good. We’ll be playing remotely, 4 of my boardgaming friends have Quests or Rifts. Sad to hear about the in game mike. Oculus has such a good out of game “party” mode now that I thought we’d just stay in there. But the games steal the mike from it, so that may not work.

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We’ll also be playing Arizona Sunshine for a little zombie shooting action, and Karnage Chronicles for a little multiplayer RPG action. Can’t wait, I’ll let you know how it goes.

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